COVID-19 and Methodist Homes

Below you will find our latest information for residents, families and associates, along with PDF links to current resources from the CDC that are being distributed in our communities concerning COVID-19. Should you need additional information, feel free to contact the Methodist Home Community of concern directly, or call 205-951-2442 for the Mission Support Services office. For additional information, please continue to visit the CDC’s coronavirus disease information page.

 

March 16, 2020

Dear Residents, Family Members and Associates:

ALABAMA CARE COMMUNITIES

(Fair Haven, Wesley Gardens & Wesley Place on Honeysuckle)

Since writing to you on Friday, March 13, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) have established and adopted additional guidelines for long term care communities, including assisted living communities. These new requirements, among others, are aimed squarely at preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • No visitors except in compassionate care situations such as end-of-life;
  • Eliminate communal dining;
  • No group activities;
  • Screen associates, EMS or anyone permitted entry based on specific criteria, which is periodically updated.

We also continue to understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important, and we will make every effort to facilitate that in any way possible.

FLORIDA CARE COMMUNITIES

(Wesley Haven Villa and Mathison)

Since our communication last week limiting visitors and instituting screening, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the State of Florida have established and adopted additional guidelines for long term care communities such as Wesley Haven Villa. These new requirements, among others, are aimed squarely at preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • No visitors except in compassionate care situations such as end-of-life;
  • Eliminate communal dining; Meals will be delivered to your apartment.
  • No group activities;
  • Screen associates, EMS or anyone permitted entry based on specific criteria, which is periodically updated.

We also continue to understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important, and we will make every effort to facilitate that in any way possible.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / RESIDENTIAL APARTMENT COMMUNITIES

(Epworth House, Wesley Scott Place, Wesley Apartments, Wesley Park Apartments, Wesley Acres, Wesley Acres II and Wesley Glen)

As I previously stated, the safety and welfare of all residents and associates is of the highest priority for everyone concerned. Since our communication last week discouraging visitors and instituting the self-screening, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) have established and adopted additional guidelines and recommendations. Seniors are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, and for the protection of all residents, we will follow any recommendations applicable to our facility.

  • No visitors except in compassionate care situations such as end-of-life or supportive services;
  • Residents are encouraged to limit trips out of the community;
  • Residents should avoid groups and gatherings;
  • No group activities may be held in the facility;
  • Anyone entering the building (EMS, supportive services, employees, etc., ) must call the facility to arrange a visit and self-screen under these criteria:
  1. Does the person have a fever equal to or above 100.4 degrees F or cough or shortness of breath or sore throat or respiratory infection?
  2. Has the person traveled internationally, or traveled on a cruise ship, or been in any airport in the last 14 days?
  3. In the last 14 days, has the person been in close contact (within six feet) with a person or may have been in close contact with a person infected with COVID-19 who has not tested negative for COVID-19?
  4. Has the person had a confirmed case of COVID-19? If the person who has had a confirmed case of COVID-19 has not had two consecutive negative test results separated by 24 hours after becoming infected, the answer is YES.
  5. In the last 14 days, has the person been in close contact (within six feet) of someone who is under investigation for COVID-19, or with someone who is ill with a respiratory illness?
  6. Has the person been in a community with confirmed spread of COVID-19, as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or a state public health agency?
  7. Does the person reside in a community where community based spread of COVID-19 is occurring?

If the answer to ANY of those questions is YES, then the person is NOT PERMITTED entry into the building. Again, we request your patience and understanding in this process, but must insist that these guidelines are strictly followed.

We request your patience and understanding in this process. For family members and residents, we continue to understand that connecting with each other is incredibly important, and there are a variety of other ways you might consider communicating. These may include telephone, email, text, or through Skype or Facebook.

CDC Factsheet – What you need to know about COVID-19

CDC Handout – Stop The Spread Of Germs